Iran Nuclear Talk

Negotiations in Vienna aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal were called off indefinitely Tuesday after a last-minute demand by Russia upended what diplomats had hoped was the final stretch of the talks. The European Union’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell announced the decision to “pause” the talks in a tweet, citing “external factors” for the break. Negotiators for the seven countries involved have spent most of the past year huddled in Vienna trying to find ways to revive the 2015 nuclear deal after President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the agreement in 2018.
Diplomats said Borrell was referring to Russia’s demand, first raised last Saturday, for U.S. sanctions relief to be applied to its future commercial dealings with Iran as a condition for participating in a revived deal. A final text for a new agreement is “essentially ready and on the table,” Borrell said, adding that he and his team would remain in contact with all the participants to overcome the remaining obstacles and finalize an agreement. But the open-ended pause could also potentially signal a break from which there is no return, putting to rest any hope that restoring the deal will be possible.
“It’s certainly serious. If you lose momentum at this late stage the dynamics shift in ways that it could become impossible to resume the talks,” said Esfandyar Batmanghelidj of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Source : The Washington Post

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